Sky D upbeat after strong quarter

November 5, 2013 08.56 Europe/London By Robert Briel

Sky DeutschlandSky Deutschland has reported a strong Q3, 2013 with the number of direct subscribers: up 76,000 to 3,529,000.

The continued subscribers growth iu also shown in other parts of the business. Wholesale subscribers are up 155,800 to 280,000, which includes Deutsche Telekom’s former Ligatotal IPTV and mobile customers. Sky+ customers were up 125,400 to 1,296,000.

Sky Premium HD customers were up 109,100 to 1,869,400, inclusive of HD free-visions. The number of second smart card customers grew 17,000 to 410,000. There were 18.1m (Q3 2012: 8.2m, +122% yoy) Sky Go customer sessions.

Record revenue growth drove an increase of 19%, reaching €392.7 million(Q3 2012: €331.3 million). Subscription revenues were the key driver, increasing to €356.8 million (Q3 2012: €306.6 million), supported by higher subscriber numbers, as well as a €1.85 increase in ARPU to €34.07 (Q3 2012: €32.22).

“Q3 has seen another strong set of financial and operating results for Sky, as we continue delivering on our strategy of high quality differentiated content, exciting innovations and great customer service. The second half of the year kicked off with a greatly enhanced Bundesliga offering which includes our new Sky HD Fan Zone service as well as IPTV and mobile rights, a significantly expanded HD channel line-up, the introduction of our Sky Sport News HD App, and even more exclusive content for our Sky Anytime and Sky Go services,” said Brian Sullivan, CEO of Sky Deutschland, in a statement.

“Our innovations are transforming the viewing experience for our customers by giving them greater choice, flexibility and control. And in today’s mixed economic environment our financial performance puts us right on track to deliver Sky’s first ever positive full year EBITDA result. Sky’s outstanding entertainment offering is accessible to more customers than ever before, serving as a great platform for further growth.”